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creating QSL cards

Post by RedDragon » 29 Oct 2015, 21:52

anyone recommend a good UK supplier?
im looking to order some QSL cards, never done this before

thanks for your help

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Re: creating QSL cards

Post by Martinedwards » 29 Oct 2015, 22:00

I do my own on the PC, but Des Currie in Consett near Durham is hard to beat.

Really good guy and does a great job.

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Post by 2SG » 30 Oct 2015, 00:44

If you don't mind using someone outside the UK, then UX5UO prints excellent quality cards at reasonable prices.

http://www.ux5uoqsl.com/index.php?lang=en&page=products

Payment can be made to his UK representative M0OXO.

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Re: creating QSL cards

Post by ClubbaUK » 10 Feb 2016, 04:52

You could always E-QSL and save a load of dosh and waiting time by doing so.
http://www.eqsl.cc

UK international postage is too expensive IMO and if you make 100 contacts a month you'll soon see how expensive posted QSLs can be.

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Post by 2E1IIP » 10 Feb 2016, 07:41

I can recommend Geoff G8RCZ as the service is second to none and delivery time very quick.
http://fdsqsl.com/
Cost me £13 inc delivery for 100 high quality cards - with a custom design - see images below.
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Post by Adriano9966 » 10 Feb 2016, 08:14

2SG wrote:If you don't mind using someone outside the UK, then UX5UO prints excellent quality cards at reasonable prices.

http://www.ux5uoqsl.com/index.php?lang=en&page=products

Payment can be made to his UK representative M0OXO.
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Re: creating QSL cards

Post by Admiral » 10 Feb 2016, 12:03

This is not an answer to your question, but I too print my own as I use about 1 a month. I use a 7x5 or 127 x 178 mm 200 gsm photo paper, print the postcard bit on the matt backside and the image on the front, think they're about 7 or 8 quid for 50 from Staples and other good office outlets. It may work out dearer than having them printed by a professional, but you can chop and change them as you wish to personalise differently.
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Re: creating QSL cards

Post by 2SG » 21 Feb 2016, 20:10

If it's home designed and printed you are after, then this is a neat little programme to play around with.

http://qsldesignandprint.software.informer.com/

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Re: creating QSL cards

Post by rogerbeep » 24 Feb 2016, 13:04

As a minimum you should include the Maidenhead locator (a.k.a. "grid"), CQ and ITU zone to put your station on the map.

Also strongly consider to include information for common amateur radio awards in your country, f.i.: WAB square, county, district and/or similar.
People still collect physical diplomas out there.
This part adds more fun to the hobby, but if all people stop giving additional information at their QSL (as many already did) your counterpart does not have proof to claim a score for the contact.

Check this list to find relevant awards and their requirements for most countries
http://www.qsl.net/va3rj/awards_dx.html

If you are operating often as mobile or portable station - consider having a separate card for such operations, where values above can be filled in.
Make sure to add fields for awards related to operations from temporary QTHs, the most common are SOTA, WWFF and IOTA.

A bit off topic, but highly relevant to the last line above: Want to be a (radio) star for some hours:
Try climbing a SOTA top or enter a WWFF area and operate from there at a common HF band. You will most probably end up being the middle of a pile up within minutes! :)

And please: Anyone who read this and like awards; please spread the word to your fellow operators.
More people should give more info than the minimum requirements - regardless the type of QSL you send.
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